Ancient Windmill Found Alive in South Georgia Now with PICS

Is there anyone out there that is well versed in the very early days of Heidlebergs windmills?

This press is ancient and I am thinking definitely prewar. No round badges at all. It is a 10x15 but the rollers are 14 inches wide and there are other significant differences. No central oiling system. The ink delivery system is very different too. The delivery blower is much different too.

Serial number is 34335E
id plate has

Aktien Gesellshaft

D.R. Patente Auslandpatente
Deutscheware made in Germany

importe d’allemagne

I am not sure when Heidleberg started to bring presses into the US but the “made in Germany” indicates that it was after 1921 when the McKinley Tariff act was modified to require “made in” to be added to the country of origin.

The press runs very smoothly and quietly. It does have the side guide system for critical registration. If I can get some good rollers I am going to put it to work along side of my other windmill.

Thanks in advance for any info!

Sorry NA I know you said not to buy it but I just had to have it!

I could not figure out how to show thumbnails in the body of this post but links seem to work!

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I too, have an ancient windmill. Mine is in north GA. It was built in 1947, according to the specs. that “the old codger”, Mr. Mike found for me. I have a pretty new red ball also, but really prefer the old, dependable one.
Good luck with yours.

James Carpenter

Hey James,

Do you want to trade? :^)

What is the serial number of your older press? Do the rollers swap between your two presses? I will have some pictures posted here later tonight. Check them out to see if they match what you have.


I know you aren’t going to believe it, but my serial number is:


They must have been built side-by-side ! Or, came over on the ship together. Man! the history these two machines share. After the terrific pounding (bombing) that Germany took, how was the tooling saved to build something that is still used today!
James Carpenter